Bound by Prophecy

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Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan's place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.
What he really wants is for things to go back to normal. But now he's kidnapped a girl, and his brother's men are after him. His only hope is to join with the ...
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Overview

Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan's place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.
What he really wants is for things to go back to normal. But now he's kidnapped a girl, and his brother's men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it's the last thing Aern is willing to do.
Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or know what's at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who's in danger.
Suddenly, they're at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they'll both have a sacrifice too big to make.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484067895
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/19/2013
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

    I read this book in, literally, one day. It pulled me right in a

    I read this book in, literally, one day. It pulled me right in and kept me there. It wasn't so much that it was a page turner, because it was, that kept me engaged. It was more because there were these moments and conversations during the downtime when the characters were just waiting, even as danger is chasing them, that brought depth to the story and characters. It helped that the plot was fairly interesting as well.

    I have to say I absolutely loved the characters! Aern is very intriguing, confident, protective, and mysterious. He kind of gave me a little of the good guy vibe even though he is rough around the edges. I loved him! Emily is really strong, a survivor, but also a protector (she's tried to keep her and her sister together and safe for some time). She is sweet even though she is no longer innocent. I loved how they interacted with each other. Then there were several great side characters that were individual and strong in their own ways: Brianna, Morgan, and Brendan. So many contrasts and different interests being played out.

    There is a prophecy that is being played out in this story. We aren't told for some time what it involves. I started to get a little impatient because I wanted to know what it was and understand what was going on. Wright does a good job of giving us pieces of things: the prophecy, the characters, the Division and Council so that you are waiting for the next piece to get a complete picture.

    I really enjoyed this! I would have given it a full 5 stars, but I wanted more history or back story on where these magical people came from and more aggressive planning from the Division - not so much waiting for Morgan to attack.

    If you enjoy reading YA Paranormal Fantasy, then I would definitely pick this up! I can't wait for the next book! Thank goodness it is scheduled to come out in November, so I won't have to wait a whole year. :)

    Content: Some making out and a few mild swear words.
    Source: Received a copy of this book from the host of the book tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Really???

    I'm sorry, is it NOT possible to give a review without writing an essay about what the book is about? I'm just glad that I didn't have to sit and LISTEN to the reviews. At least I was able to scroll down and skip the whole thing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Wha?

    Its okay but it seems like th second book but i looked an it isnt. You get really confused and itsonly 160 pages. It has good idea or topic though

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    My Review: Melissa Wright just gets better and better!!!  This i

    My Review:
    Melissa Wright just gets better and better!!!  This is everything an urban fantasy should be: full of action, great plot twists, lots of not knowing who to trust and sizzling chemistry.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!!

    Amazing creativity went into the writing of Bound by Prophecy.  I love how little by little the mystery of this world is revealed to us.  So many players, all with their own agendas!  Then there's Emily and Aern ... happy sigh!  It's not often that our main characters are so well matched as they are in Bound by Prophecy; two tough, bad a$$ characters that aren't so sure they like each other or are even on the same side.  You have Aern --a descendant, so he's got some mad supernatural skills-- who must battle his bat-crap crazy (and crazy powerful) brother.  And then he meets Emily who's tenacious and unyeilding and wants to beat Aern senseless since he kidnapped her sister.  Amidst all their conflict, a perfectly-paced (no insta-love here), gorgeously written romance blooms between the two.  There's so much going on within Bound by Prophecy that I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning.  All the action, intrigue and romance culminates to an incredible conclusion.  Those last chapters are a crazy intense!  Great Ending!!!

    This is a book you do NOT want to miss!  And, if you haven't read her other works, the Frey Saga is an equally amazing fantasy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  See more of my reviews on my blogspot blog, Known to Read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Well written

    The book reminded me of a Twilight/Mortal Instruments mix. It had a good depth and character development. The initial chapter was good with pulling the reader into the plot and making the pages turn without realizing it.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

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    Aern will do anything to stop his brother from fulfilling the pr

    Aern will do anything to stop his brother from fulfilling the prophecy, even kidnap a girl. She is not just any girl, though. She is the chosen one and Morgan will stop at nothing to get her. So Aern does the only thing he can do and he hides her, not knowing that she has a twin sister. Now he has to protect Emily and her sister from his psycho brother. And what he finds out while he is with Emily changes the whole game between him and his brother, prompting him to make the first move.

    Emily just wants her sister back, doesn’t realize the danger she puts herself in trying to find her. She just knows that Brianna would not just leave her without telling her. When she finds out things she thought were fairy tales are true, she finally begins to realize the danger. The prophecy she has know her whole life suddenly begins to make sense and she has to deal with the aftermath.

    Who can you trust when both sides have their own secret agendas? No one is safe once the truth comes out.


    I was a little hesitant to read this book because the MC is a guy, but the book sounded too interesting to pass up. I’m glad I went with it, because I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I’m giving it a 4 is that, it never describes what Aern looks like. If it does I don’t know how I missed it because I was waiting for it. So I just went with the guy on the cover and that’s what he looked like. :D The story itself was fast paced and could change at a moments notice. You think they’re safe and then BOOM knives are being thrown and blood is being shed. It was awesome and Emily is no little fruit cake. She can hold her own and doesn’t need a man to help her, which she demonstrates on occasion. I was wondering about the prophecy the whole time and what it actually says and we don’t really learn about it till the end. Well played Miss Wright, well played. LOL. It was KILLING me. I had my ideas, but I told myself to shut up. O.o With everything that happened in this one I don’t know where Miss Wright is going to take it with the sequel, but I can’t wait. I know it will be just as spectacular as this one.

    Overall: This book is full of mind control, knife throwing and a prophecy that will keep you guessing even after the book ends.


    Emily: She is one determined chick and will stop at nothing to get what she wants and she wants her sister back. And she will drop you on your head if you are not careful. :D She makes it no secret that she trusts no one and she just wants her sister safe. She also is not one to hold her tongue; she’ll just spit out whatever comes to her mind. You don’t want to mess with this chick. I have a feeling in the next one we will be seeing more of her awesomeness.

    Brianna- She is the complete opposite of her twin Emily. Brianna is more soft spoken and kind hearted. She is the sweetest thing and knows how to use it to her advantage. She is just as strong as her sister; she just doesn’t show it in the book. Her talents lie elsewhere.

    Aern- He is no stranger to pain, but he can not bear to see Emily or Brianna hurt. That is why he must do everything in his power to make sure they are safe. He just didn’t expect how hard it would be. He follows no ones command and everyone knows it. He is a powerful man and a lot of people are counting on him.

    4 stars

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    I really enjoyed Melissa Wright's Frey series, so when I saw she

    I really enjoyed Melissa Wright's Frey series, so when I saw she had a new series, I wanted to check it out.  I was captured by the cover (I know, I know, but covers make or break a book for me sometimes).  Then, when I read the synopsis, I really wanted to check this book out.  Bound by Prophecy is the first installment in this urban fantasy, which is packed with nonstop action, magic, mystery, and romance.  I was immediately caught up in the intensity of the story, which revolved around the  "Prophecy."  It is clear that Aern and Emily, as well as others, play a big part in this, but the details of what the Prophecy are slowly revealed over the course of the book, which was a bit confusing, yet intriguing at the same time.  Also, it is obvious that Aern, his brother, and the others are not quite "human," but you don't really find out exactly what they are until about three-quarters of the way through the book, which adds to the mystery.  




    Emily and her sister Brianna, are key components in the prophecy, but there are things about them that have also been kept secret and are slowly revealed, provided more twists in the plot.  The romance and chemistry between Aern and Emily was hot, starting out as a simmer and progressing to a boil.  The further I go into the book, things became clearer, and I became more vested in what was going on.  The story is told from Aern's POV, which was great.  I just love stories told from a male POV.  I found Bound by Prophecy to be an interesting and intriguing first installment in this series, and I look forward to seeing what Melissa Wright has in store for her readers as the series progresses.  

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

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    Aern seeks to protect Emily, a refugee of his kind, as well as a

    Aern seeks to protect Emily, a refugee of his kind, as well as a great secret of an omnipotent prophecy under the care of the Council. He refuses to join the Division—a darker, more corrupt ordeal—even though both authorities may hold the key to the future's safety—and not to mention his own. His struggle with his identity, bloodline, and his vengeful evil brother will all make his job harder, that's for sure... but it's the elusive and ever-obscure prophecy itself—the one he trusted wholly and upon which he depended—that will surprise him.

    Wright builds a beautifully dangerous and complex fantasy world, but her characters lack realistic development and sympathetic touch. I couldn't relate to or get myself to like any of them. They felt detached, robotic, and it feels like they were only formed solely on paper. This made the plot difficult to follow and moreover, rather uninteresting; if I don't like the characters, I'm not going to like the story. 

    Most of the book is composed of explanation of Aern's dark world, and a back-and-forth exchange between Emily's destiny and Aern's role in it. Thus, I felt there was way too much talk and hardly any action. Even from the beginning, I felt like I had walked into the story in medias res; there was so much unexplained and uneventful stuff going on (which I assumed would later be elaborated upon, as part of the climax, but alas, it wasn't) and it just didn't click with me. I was impressed by the few action sequences present, though; they are cleverly simulated and don't skimp on the blood and vicious good vs. evil interaction.

    I love the different powers that these descendants of ancient masters possess. Wright imaginatively portrays the magical elements of the characters who struggle to survive. 

    Pros: Suspenseful // Doesn't hold back on the danger and violence // Fully developed and fascinating urban fantasy world // Lots of plot twists I didn't see coming

    Cons: Boring most of the time // Dialogue-driven but weak in plot // Unrealistic and unexpected romance // Unmemorable characters // Bland, ordinary writing style // Anticlimactic

    Verdict: I had trouble keeping up with Bound by Prophecy because most of dialogue, characters, and style are inadvertently boring. It flows in sequence and isn't hard to comprehend, it's just hard to really become immersed in. This first installment of the Descendants series does have its redeeming points, including a well-instigated paranormal setting and exciting powers, but overall, nothing blew me away.

    Rating: 5 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Doesn't particularly light any of my fires; I feel indifferent about this book.

    Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review as part of the Itching for Books virtual book tour (thank you!).

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